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Egremont Russet apple tree

Egremont Russet

Egremont Russet is a classic English russet apple from the Victorian era. It remains popular with discerning apple lovers who appreciate its unique flavor and apearance.

Egremont Russet is a medium-sized apple. The flesh seems quite dry and gets drier with keeping - it is moist rather than juicy. Traditionally described as "nutty", the flavor is more delicate than most varieties, and quite sweet. Both the flavor and the soft flesh are reminiscent of a firm pear. Yet Egremont Russet is surprisingly versatile, working well in savoury salads for example, and a popular partner for cheese.

Like many russets, Egremont Russet is a good apple for sweet cider. The apples are not particularly juicy, so you need plenty of them, but the resulting cider is rich, thick, and very sweet.

Egremont Russet apple trees for sale

  • Small 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.41 rootstock

How to grow

Egremont Russet is easy to grow, with generally good disease resistance, and a reliable though not heavy cropper.

It can be grown in most of the cooler zones of the USA. For an English apple variety it is unusually cold-hardy and on a suitable rootstock can be grown in zones 4 and perhaps zone 3.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Sussex, England, 1872.

Egremont Russet characteristics

  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingFree-spurring
  • Organic cultureSuitable
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Bitter pitSome susceptibility
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colorRusset
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit

Similar varieties

  • See also Ashmead's Kernel
    Ashmead's Kernel
    A versatile English 17th century russet apple, Ashmead's Kernel is noted for its distinctive pear-like flavor.
  • See also Pine Golden Pippin
    Pine Golden Pippin
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  • See also Saint Edmund's Russet
    Saint Edmund's Russet
    Not as well known as other russets, St. Edmund's Russet is nevertheless one of the best.